Active adventures in Indochina
Beyond the cacophonous streets of Indochina's thriving cities lies a region of towering, jungle-clad mountains that conceal cathedral-like caverns; human-sculpted landscapes of dramatic rice terraces; vast lakes, great rivers, paradise islands and hidden coves. If you love the outdoors, you'll be smitten by the myriad landscapes that await you in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
Don your walking boots and head out for jungle treks in Nam Cat Tien National Park or into the beautiful mountains of northern Vietnam. Stay in homestays with the local minority people as you explore the spectacular terraced mountains of Sapa. Jump on your bike to escape the crowds and discover the hidden corners that most visitors never see. Plunge beneath the waves and discover an underwater wonderland at Nha Trang or remote Con Dao.
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Active Holidays itineraries
This itinerary is the perfect mix of both rural and urban adventure for those seeking an active, exciting introduction to Vietnam.
This two-week conservation holiday will introduce you to the flora and fauna of Indochina, including elephants, dolphins and tropical rainforest.
Active Holidays accommodation across Indochina
Tam Coc Garden Resort (Ninh Binh)
Surrounded by paddy fields and lush greenery Tam Coc Garden Resort is a little countryside haven.
The 16 rooms have thatched roofs and tiled floors, each with its own private terrace and freestanding bath tub. The in-house restaurant offers tasty cuisine and the outdoor pool and friendly staff will make your stay a relaxing one. The resort has bikes for hire and makes the prefect base for exploring the near by Tam Coc and Trang An UNESCO World heritage sites.
Muang La Resort (Muang La)
In the remote mountains of northern Laos lies the Muang La Resort; a wonderful base for exploring the Khmu and Ikhos communities nearby.
Despite its remote location the Muang La Resort offers both well-appointed accommodation and expert guiding to enrich your stay in the beautiful and unspoilt region of Muang La. The Muang La resort is set on the banks of the Nam Pak River, surrounded by jungle covered mountains; an idyllic setting from which to absorb the tranquil atmosphere of the region and to set out to explore the local area.
The accommodation comprises of five villas, built in a mixture of wood and bamboo, providing only 10 guest rooms. Each room has a private terrace overlooking the countryside, gardens or river and features furniture made by local craftsmen. The resort is set besides natural hot springs and guests can bathe outdoors in elevated baths filled with these thermal waters. There are numerous other facilities to help you unwind including a; sauna, spa, expert masseuse and steam room. Dinner is included each evening for the during of your at the resort and you will be served a wide variety of local dishes.
Banteay Chhmar Homestay (Banteay Chhmar)
The Homestay programme at Banteay Chhmar is organised with support of the Global Heritage Fund (GHF). The GHF are working to create a model setup of community involvement and support, to enable travelers to make a positive impact on the local community. The homestay enables visitors to have an authentic Khmer experience and helps provide additional income for the families, as well as improve their standing in the community. The rooms are distributed amoungst the traditional Khmer houses in the village; the facilities are fairly basic as you will be staying with a welcoming host family in their home. You will have a private room with mosquito nets, western style bathroom (shared) and hammocks on the terrace to relax in. Your hosts may not speak a great deal of English but are eager to communicate with the help of books and hand gestures.
Nong Khiaw Riverside Resort (Nong Khiaw)
The settlement of Nong Khiaw is blessed with some of the most attractive natural scenery in Northern Laos. Nong Khiaw Riverside Resort overlooks the vertical limestone mountains and stretches along the river, surrounded by forest and mountains. All 15 private bungalows have big balconies that provide a glorious setting from which to enjoy the view of the river and mountains. Due to limited electricity supply there is no air conditioning, but all rooms have fridge, safety box, electric kettles, free tea and coffee and beds are covered with mosquito nets.
Sayaboury Elephant Conservation Center (Sayaboury)
Welcome to Sayaboury Elephant Camp! At the camp you will be staying in a bungalow which is a simple traditional stilt bamboo huts fit with a comfortable double bed and a mosquito net. The bungalow has a private balcony with a view on the Nam Tien lake. Please note there is no air conditioning or a fan, but the lake provides a cool breeze. The bathroom is separate and shared with other guests. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included at the elephant camp, served in the open-sided restaurant building. The meals are superb and feature locally grown, fresh ingredients.
Panhou Ecolodge (Hoang Su Phi)
Panhou Ecolodge is a traditional styled hotel hidden in the heart in the Song Chay Mountains.
Panhou Ecolodge is located on the outskirts of Panhou village in Hoang Su Phi district in Ha Giang region of north east Vietnam. Surrounded by jungle clad mountains the resort features accommodation in traditionally styled buildings. The 12 bamboo stilted house are split into two large rooms with thatched roofs, modern ensuite facilities, local furnishings and some with private balconies. Aiming to be as eco-friendly as possible the resort uses solar-powered hot water systems and fans.
The grounds are beautifully landscaped with ponds and vegetable gardens and the on-site restaurants serves healthy local dishes. The resort also features a relaxing traditional herbal bath to help you unwind. Many interesting ethnic minorities live in the Hoang Su Phi area with plenty of trekking routes and photography tours available from the resort through local village and some of the most impressive rice terraces in northern Vietnam.